Democrats are not supporting free community college. The White House says that the safety net bill might be smaller than $2T.
President Joe Biden told us what the final social spending bill is. It will make community college tuition-free, and it will change the child tax credit program.
People said that the credit for children would be extended. Many people want to reduce poverty and remove financial barriers for people who want to attend college.
Joe Biden and the Democrats are trying to find a deal for the bill. But they can’t get it done because of how hard it is. They need to make sure that they set up a deal that will work before people get mad.
There is a bill that will cut some programs, but it may add things related to clean energy. The paid leave program is also likely to be shortened from 12 weeks to 4 weeks.
Earlier this week, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal met with Vice President Joe Biden. They had a meeting together. They are working on the bill together, and they both work with other people too.
She said we all feel very optimistic about agreeing on a bill that will help people and lift them.
The social spending package started at $3.5 trillion, but it is now $1.75 trillion to $1.9 trillion. Joe Biden told House Democrats that the range was likely to be $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion last month, but he told progressives Tuesday night that the range he is working on is now $1.75 trillion to $1.9 trillion, and three sources who were there said that this is what he said at the meeting Tuesday night as well as before then when he spoke with House Democrats last month.
“It is a done deal,” a source said. Biden had two meetings at the White House on Tuesday. One was with Sen. Manchin, and one was with Sen. Sinema. These people are trying to figure out how much the social spending package will cost and what it will do for people’s lives. The administration wants Congress to get a deal done by the end of this month and to agree on what they want in both bills: an infrastructure bill and a social spending bill that would help people who need it most.
Manchin told us that he thought Congress would not meet the October 31 deadline for both bills. He said he was careful about new spending.
But the White House had a more optimistic tone. The president is confident now that he has seen some positive meetings today. He believes that he can help people with good work for America and wants to do his best.
She said that there is an urgency to finalize a package. That window of time is closing.